Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Philip M. Creasy in Ohio Newspapers

Philip M. Creasy

Jan 1868 OH – 17 Mar 1934 OH
Son of Christian Gruissy & Mary Wise

Philip and others in our Gruissy family used Creasy as their surnames. According ot my paternal grandmother, they wanted to sound more ‘American’. Philip married Mary Wasem 8 March 1888 in Ohio. They lived in the Beach City area. Their son was Harry Lewis Creasy, b 10 May 1891. Family members told me he ran a grocery and census reports supported that. Those reports show Philip as a grocer [1900 Beach City], as a salesman in a grocery store [1910 Beach City] or as the proprietor of grocery store [1920 Beach City].

My great aunt, Wava Alice (Mark) Braun gave me a photo of Philip and his grocery store. Signs in the window read, “Grocery”, “Notions” and “Creasy”. My great aunt said he also sold home made medicines.

Philip Creasy & his Grocery, Beach City, Ohio
Photograph from Wava Alice (Mark) Brown

I decided to search to see if Philip had advertised in the local newspapers. I did not find any advertisements but I did find a report of a robbery at his store and his obituary which mentions his store.

Burglars Busy in Beach City

Beach City, Aug 24. – Burglars early Sunday morning broke into the Standard Oil filling station and the Philip Creasy grocery. Entrance was gained by breaking open transoms. Nothing was taken from the gasoline filling station but $10 in change and a strong box were stolen from the grocery store. The strong box was found Sunday a short distance from the store. It had not been opened.

Source: Burglars Busy in Beach City (Massillon, OH: The Evening Independent, 24 August 1931) 8; digital image, accessed March 2018.


Philip Creasy, 66, a grocer of Beach City for the past 32 years, died at his home this morning following a stroke sustained Jan. 10. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Mary Creasy; a son H. L. Creasy, of Beach City; one grandchild, a brother, A. A. Creasy, of Beach City; two sisters, Mrs. S. E. Leiser, of Concordia, Mo., and Mrs. Catherine Boerngen, of Massillon.

The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the U. B. church, Beach City. The Rev. Ira Swezey will officiate. Interment will be made in the Beach City cemetery.

Source: Philip Creasy (Massillon, OH: The Evening Independent, 17 March 1934) 2; digital image, accessed March 2018.


  1. What a handsome store. I wonder if there is a photo with the awning open. If the burglars went through the transom, they must have had a ladder!

  2. I know the value of money is different today, but breaking in by coming through a transom for $10 seems like an awful lot of trouble.

    What a pretty store and how lucky to have a picture of it!


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